Why do you stitch in the ditch?
Stitching in the ditch between borders helps stabilize the fabric, maintaining straight lines and preventing distortion. If you choose to stitch the ditch, do it as the first step before adding any quilting design in the border or sashing.
What is a stitch in the ditch foot?
Stitch in the ditch is a style of machine quilting that simply follows the seam lines of the quilt top. The trouble is, all those layers of fabric and batting can really bog down the operation. My advice? Swap out your presser foot for a walking foot.
Can you stitch in the ditch with open seams?
Just note that this style of stitch in the ditch won’t work for seams that have been pressed open. Only when your seams have been pressed to the side can you stitch in the literal ditch and still secure the quilt top to the batting and backing.
Can you do regular sewing with a walking foot?
A walking foot isn’t just for quilting!
This prevents shifting and puckering that may occur with a normal presser foot. Because of this feature, the walking foot is just as useful for garment sewing as it is for quilting.
What stitches can you do with a walking foot?
The walking foot is engineered for FORWARD MOTION stitches such as straight and zig zag. If the feed dogs move backwards they may cause the fabric to shift, as feed dogs do not move backward as efficiently as they do forward. Think of it this way, your car will drive in reverse, but it is designed to move forward.
Do I need a walking foot to quilt?
If you are quilting layers of fabric with batting, a walking foot keeps all the layers stable and moving smoothly. This is true whether you’re making a bed-size quilt or a small tote.